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Data: Fair

Xanthan Gum

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SYNONYMS

CORN SUGAR GUM, POLYSACCHARIDE B 1459, XANTHAN, and XANTHAN GUM

Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide, a sugar-based polymer produced by bacteria; it is used as a viscosity agent in personal care products and foods.

Common concerns

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  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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foundation569 products
serums & essences490 products
facial cleanser348 products
toothpaste331 products
daily use with SPF277 products
recreational sunscreen247 products
body wash/cleanser208 products
around-eye cream203 products
concealer193 products
hand cream183 products
exfoliant/scrub176 products
shampoo155 products
mascara111 products
eye liner98 products
baby lotion98 products
hair treatment/serum76 products
bronzer/highlighter71 products
brow liner71 products
eye shadow69 products
body firming lotion69 products
makeup primer62 products
conditioner56 products
toners/astringents49 products
anti-aging48 products
BB cream47 products
45 products
blush42 products
foot moisturizer37 products
sunless tanning37 products
styling gel/lotion37 products
lipstick37 products
hair styling aide37 products
baby shampoo36 products
liquid hand soap36 products
baby soap34 products
makeup remover32 products
antiperspirant/deodorant27 products
baby bubble bath26 products
baby sunscreen25 products
hair color and bleaching24 products
baby wipes23 products
after sun product20 products
baby toothpaste18 products
muscle/joint soreness17 products
bubble bath17 products
skin fading/lightener14 products
after shave14 products
hand sanitizer14 products
hair spray13 products
tooth whitening10 products
bath oil/salts/soak10 products
beard cleanser10 products
setting powder/spray9 products
shaving cream8 products
bar soap7 products
CC cream7 products
mouthwash6 products
shaving cream (men's)6 products
lip balm6 products
detangler6 products
damaged skin treatment6 products
beard care6 products
diaper cream4 products
hair-loss treatment4 products
body oil4 products
styling mousse/foam4 products
lip plumper4 products
tanning oil4 products
foot cleansing3 products
nail treatment2 products
cuticle treatment2 products
nail polish2 products
other eye makeup2 products
glitter2 products
oil controller1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
lip gloss1 products
facial powder1 products
eyelash glue1 products
pore strips1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
depilatory1 products

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
1095 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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